In the humorous, heartfelt new novel by the author of The Next Thing on My List, a personal organizer must somehow convince a reclusive artist to give up her hoarding ways and let go of the stuff she’s hung onto for decades.
Lucy Bloom is broke, has been dumped by her boyfriend, and had to sell her house to send her 19-year-old son to drug rehab. Although she’s lost it all, she’s determined to start over. So when she’s offered a high-paying gig helping clear the clutter from the home of reclusive and eccentric painter Marva Meier Rios, Lucy grabs it. Armed with the organizing expertise she gained while writing her book, Things Are Not People, and fueled by a burning desire to get her life back on track, Lucy rolls up her sleeves to take on the mess that fills every room of Marva’s huge home. Lucy soon learns that the real challenge may be taking on Marva, who seems to love the objects in her home too much to let go of any of them.
While trying to stay on course toward a strict deadline—and with an ex-boyfriend back in the picture, a new romance on the scene, and her son’s rehab not going as planned—Lucy discovers that Marva isn’t just hoarding: she is also hiding a big secret. The two form an unlikely bond, as each learns from the other that there are those things in life we keep and those we need to let go—but it’s not always easy to know the difference.
Laugh-out-loud humor, heartfelt writing, relatable characters, and a charming premise all come together to make Objects of My Affection the next read for the fans of Jennifer Weiner, Emily Giffin, and Allison Winn Scotch.
©2012 Jill Smolinski (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“A wonderfully written, heartfelt novel about what to keep and what to let go of as you move forward in your life.” (Claire Cook, best-selling author of Must Love Dogs)
“A hoarder and organizational expert clash in this light, amusing novel from Smolinski…A charmingly breezy tone marks this warm appraisal of our addiction to stuff.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“I loved this deeply felt, bravely honest tale of a professional organizer who discovers just how messy life and love can be, but that everything truly does have a place. A treasure of a novel.” (Melissa Senate, author of The Love Goddess’ Cooking School)
If you can get past the breathy voice of the narrator, the story keeps you interested. Good overall story.
I listen to books all the time, When I am driving, cleaning, cooking or doing anything quiet. I am AUDOBSESSED!
I loved it! it was sad and funny too! It is a great look into the psyche of a hoarder, and brought the reality of dealing with an addicted family member to light.
Well written, the narrator suited the storyline well, enjoyable overall, and would read more by the same author.
No I haven't but enjoyed the performance.
A little of both...
The character development was interesting,the story flowed easily, I got caught up in the story and didn't want to stop listening.
I have to say that it was difficult to stick with it due to the narration! I usually don't want my car trip to end because I don't want to stop listening to my book of the moment, but this one makes me glad to have a break from the annoying narration.
1. The narrator: childish voice not listening to what she's saying,
2. The co-dependent (w/disorganized life) organizer,
3. The unlikeable everybody else, no depth or reason to like them.
No. It's too boring.
She always seems to have wrong voice tone or inflection for the sentence she's reading & she can't do other's voices - they all sound alike - out of touch with the character of the sentence, maybe too busy reading to know what she's actually saying.
Not unless it's about more interesting & likeable people. Either way, I won't buy any more books by this author or read by this narrator.
Maybe I'm just not in the mood for more co-dependent people who enable druggies & let them ruin their lives & still can't stop shooting themselves in the foot. If the book description had been more informative I probably wouldn't have bought it.
I enjoyed the story very much; however, the narrator was awful. She talked in very hushed almost whispering/mumbling….it was not good at all. Every character sounded depressed even at times when it wasn’t appropriate. This may be a book that I buy in hardcover and read myself.
Primarily a different narrator. Xe Sands sounds like someone from a 1930's crime drama. Since this book was not, it was a total mismatch.
While reading, I frequently wondered how good the book would have been with a different narrator. That's hard to say - This audio book is an example of just how important a narrator is to the success of the novel.
The plot had potential that was never fully realized because of the lack of character development.
I would not recommend the book. There are so many books and so little time. I do not recommend a book unless it is truly outstanding. And many books are outstanding... just not this one.
If the narrator had not spoken like she'd smoked 3 packs a day for 20 years. If she hadn't tried to sound like she was whispering, or sultry , or sneaky. The whole performance was a complete mismatch for this story.
That is hard to say.
However, I really did like the scene where the author allowed you to hear Lucy's thoughts during a 'romance' scene. Clever and well done.
AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!
a different narrator. i could not make myself read this book. i could not get thru the first 30 minutes.
used a different narrator as i never read this and i just have tried several times. when i have to force myself to try to read it, something is wrong with it.
by opening her mouth.
n/a i did not read very far.
i know someone who has a problem with ocd and i wanted to read this. it is too bad i could not get myself to read this book. it mite have been good.
i hate to rate the story but to write the review i can not go further until i rate the story even tho i could not read it.
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